And the winning cross section goes to…

Unravelling My AdventureDown The Bosphorus

rebeccang-thumbRebecca Ng!  Big congratulations to Rebecca who wowed the judges with her two prints and made everyone want to hit the road on a solo world tour!

Judge Remarks:

Rebecca did a beautiful job tapping into the “feeling” of her experience and translated her inspiration in a very natural and personal way. There is a powerful underlying feeling of aliveness, movement and energy that is not easy to capture in any art form let alone in a print for fabric. I think your color choices are modern and timeless which also extends the appeal and application of the design in a variety of sewing projects and is especially successful for quilting. Well done Rebecca! – Amy Butler

Great job, Rebecca! I just LOVE the colors you’ve used, especially in your primary print. The prints are an interesting combo. They work well together in terms of color and scale. I think they tell your story well without taking it too literally. My one suggestion would be to consider the spacing in your secondary print. Some of the “paths” could come across dominant if nto cut up into smaller pieces. But overall great work! I’d totally use your primary this second, if I could! - Carolyn Friedlander

It’s been a pleasure to watch your growth over the course of this competition, Rebecca.  These two prints are just lovely.  And you’re right – the addition of coordinates makes it much more challenging!  I see your concept in both prints – free flowing, carefree, open, wandering.  Your main print reminds me of a board game where you move from space to space – or a roller coaster…  They both display randomness in a beautifully ordered way.  You did a fantastic job of balancing the color in your secondary print – that couldn’t have been easy.  Beautiful work.  You’re my top pick this round. - Michele Rosenboom

Kim Andersson won this round’s Reader’s Choice Award.  Kim’s fan club remains dedicated to her designs!

Sadly this round we say goodbye to Taylour Beadling.  Taylour’s unique designs have been a highlight of REPEAT(ed).  We’re excited to see where Taylour is off to in the design world, the sky’s the limit!

Here’s the ranking of designers after the fourth design challenge:

1. Rebecca Ng
2. Alice Murphy
3. Kim Andersson
4. Taylour Beadling

Stay tuned for thoughts from all the judges this week!  Can’t believe we’re already to the final round.

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Whose fabric do you want to weave into a cross section of your life? Vote for your favorite fabric.

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Design Challenge Four: Rebecca Ng

Unravelling My AdventureMain Print – Unravelling My Adventure
10″ x 10″

Unravelling My AdventureUnravelling My Adventure

Down The BosphorusSecondary print – Down The Bosphorus
10″ x 10″

Down The BosphorusDown The Bosphorus

rebeccang-thumbSo when I started reminiscing about the past and choosing a time in my life to turn into a print (or two), I kept coming back to my first big travel adventure at age 22. I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences (& some mundane ones too) in my life so far, but I always remember this time fondly because it was a time in my life when I was carefree, in the moment and just happy. I was a wide-eyed ‘kid’ with the world at my feet.

After finishing university and working full-time at a job I was happy to leave, I was ready get out there and explore. I would be travelling by myself most of the time for 6 months, something that both excited and scared me. I’m not a very extroverted person, but I think that’s really the reason why I decided to go solo… it was what I needed to get out of my shell. The trip got off to a great start by missing my flight to Los Angeles (the first of several near and missed flights throughout the trip), but I quickly learned how to deal with situations when they didn’t go so smoothly.

There were some amazing highlights, as you’d expect; staring at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel until my neck cramped up, being a guest at a Kurdish wedding in eastern Turkey, relaxing in Central Park and walking around the Pyramids of Giza are just some that spring to mind. It was also the people, fellow travellers and locals, who I met on the way that made my time travelling such a wonderful experience.

Some pictures of my travelsSome of the places I visited 1) Pamukkale, Turkey 2) Dubrovnik, Croatia 3) Pyramids of Giza

After reliving this journey, I still felt stuck as to what the focus print would be. I didn’t want it to be just a print of the sites I saw; especially after seeing a few of those sorts of designs on a trip to a homewares store. I wanted them to be a bit more of a reflection of my personal experience and I was also interested in exploring something less literal and more on the shapes or movement like my previous design to see where that would take me.

So I decided to come up with some key words/phrases to get me started; carefree, in the moment, organic and going with the flow.

I think they were a good reflection of my time travelling. Although I had planned some of the trip before leaving, I would still wake up every morning and wonder what each day would bring; where and what would I visit? How would I get there? What would I eat for lunch? Who would I meet along the way? These were the wonderful and simple surprises each day. Life at home becomes so dictated by routine and while it’s not always a bad thing, I do miss the spontaneity of being a traveller

Main Print – Unravelling My Adventure

For my main print I started by creating a shape on the computer and replicating it. By just going with the flow, I felt the design slowly take shape. I chose a colour palette that I felt was harmonious and feminine (and of course a reflection of colours I like). The design started looking like layers of an onion, being peeled away, revealing a new day, new experience and adventure. The depth also creates a feeling of things never ending. I certainly felt this many times; unless I had a certain flight to catch, I often found myself forgetting the days, dates and even times (especially when moving into different time zones) – 6 months felt like an eternity to continuously travel.

Secondary print – Down The Bosphorus

For my second print, I decided to be more specific and create a pattern from my time spent in the country that turned out to be my favourite, Turkey. Turkey was an unexpected destination. I didn’t plan on travelling there, nor did I plan to spend the most time there. But it turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip. It was the people, delicious food, historical sites, beautiful beaches, learning about the country’s history and being mesmerised by the Ottoman textiles and Inzik tiles that adorned mosques and important buildings.

Of course ALL those things are quite a lot to create into a pattern; so I focused on the cruise I took down the Bosphorous in Istanbul (the Bosphorous is the strait that separates Europe from Asia). After a tiring day, wandering around the historical/old part of the city, being able to sit on the boat and just relax as you pass some of the most incredible sites, was the perfect setting to end my time in Turkey.

Some of the beautiful sites I saw on the cruise (images found online).

Since my main print was so large and bold, I wanted to complement it by creating a secondary print smaller in scale, as well as using some of the colours in the same palette. I drew simple leaf-shaped motifs and filled the whole canvas area. Then when I started removing some of the motifs, the negative space created my version of the Bosphorous. Ahhh I can almost feel the breeze and smell the salt in the air!!

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed reading a little insight into my two prints. Designing a secondary print has certainly added another dimension to the competition and really made me think about the process of creating a cohesive collection of prints. Up until now, I’ve only just designed single prints.

So, could I do that kind of a trip now? I don’t think so. I still love travelling, but these days you’ll see me with a suitcase, staying in a hotel and travelling in comfort – oh yeah and with a toddler trailing behind.

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Design Challenge Four: Kim Andersson

Grandparents' Garden 18 x 18

Grandparents’ Garden 18 x 18

Grandparents' Garden 10 x 10

Grandparents’ Garden 10 x 10

Grandparents' Garden 5 x 5

Grandparents’ Garden 5 x 5

Cicada Song 18 x 18

Cicada Song 18 x 18

Cicada Song 10 x 10

Cicada Song 10 x 10

Cicada Song 5 x 5

Cicada Song 5 x 5


KimAndersson1The time? My early childhood.
The place? My Grandparents’ garden.

From the time I was born till I was about six years old, we lived with my Grandparents in a coastal town in Australia called Wollongong. Wollongong is sandwiched between coastal beaches and a rainforest covered escarpment behind. Throughout my school years I would also regularly return for a few weeks visit with them during Summer holidays.

My Grandmother behind the frangipani.

My Grandmother behind the frangipani.

My sister (right) and I next to the Frangipani.

My sister (right) and I next to the Frangipani.

When I think about my grandparents and their garden I think of Summer. Summer bringing with it the bloom of Frangipani and Eucalyptus (Gum) flowers, it also brings with it the sound of Cicadas.

Eucalyptus (Gum) Flowers

Eucalyptus (Gum) Flowers

Frangipani flowers.

Frangipani flowers.

Here in the US there has been much talk of the Cicada inundation on the East Coast this Summer, but I don’t remember it ever being like this in Australia. Not in my Grandparents’ backyard anyway. Also the Cicadas we use to find are cute and a vibrant green. The Green Grocer Cicada is common on the east coast of Australia, it is also one of the loudest insects in the world. Click to hear them in all their glory… you might want to turn DOWN the volume.

As kids we would hunt Cicadas on the lower branches of trees and then walk around with them gripping on to our t-shirts like some sort of fine jeweled brooch. When they had had enough they would fly off and we would seek out a new one. Luckily they don’t make their sounds when they are that close to you.

Green Grocer Cicada

Green Grocer Cicada
Photo by David & Diane Armbrust

My Grandparents’ garden was filled with many trees and bushes mostly on the edges of the yard and a large grassed area. An exception to this was the frangipani that had pride of place in their front yard. All that grass brings to mind the back and forth of my grandfather mowing the lawn, that and the patterning on the bark of the Scribbly Gum tree informed my choice to approach this design with line. The lines on the Scribbly Gum are formed by a moth larvae that burrow around under the bark marking the trees with wonderful curvy lines.

Grandfather mowing the grass.

Grandfather mowing the grass.

Me in search of Cicadas?

Me in search of Cicadas?








Scribbly Gum

Bark of Scribbly Gum
Photo by Magi Nams

So I drew with line-work reminiscent of calligraphy and chose to work in an old world ogee pattern that harks back to vintage wallpaper, reminiscent of my grandparents era though with modern elements.

For the main print, these elements are reflected and repeated to form an ogee pattern, then the space left between the reflected cicadas is filled with line work that could  represent their sound waves or the back and forth of my Grandfather mowing the lawn. This is a larger scale print filled with line texture to suit both large and small pieced pieces of fabric.

The colors I have used emerged naturally from the greens of the Cicadas, grass and Gum leaves with a hint of white and yellow from the Frangipanis and Gum flowers. It’s funny because when I was first thinking about this pattern I was sure that I wanted to keep it as a simple black and white design, much like those old photos, but then the color crept it the more I thought and remembered.

For the secondary print I simplified the color, reducing it down to only two and worked with just the lines, repeating and overlapping them to form new motifs. The Cicadas are there in the middle, hidden from view as they are in the trees, the sound waves from the Cicadas song form a surrounding structure. Again this design calls back to vintage wallpaper motifs.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey back in time with me. It’s been great to reminisce about a special time, place and people in my life. Wish me luck, I have my fingers crossed that you’ll see more of my designs in the final round!

Both patterns in Hexys!

Both patterns in Hexys!

You know I can’t resist cutting both patterns up into hexys and rearranging them with each other!

Have a great Summer!


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Design Challenge 4: Taylour Beadling


secondaryavatar_thumbWow! I can’t believe it’s really getting down to the nitty-gritty of deciding the final three designers! This challenge was particularly, well, challenging. It took me forever just to decide what to use from my life to make a pattern about without being brutally direct. It took a trip to the beach, as well as some brain storming help from my mom, to figure it out.

I eventually decided to do a pattern based on my lifelong love for a nice, star-filled sky. Luckily my best buddy and I got bored and decided to head to the beach one night. Since the beach was so dark, it was full of stars. We talked about how great it is to be able to leave living in a city for a moment and be reminded of what a real night sky looks like. It’s like I always forget what a clear, dark night is like until I get the pleasure of experiencing it again. I was also reminded of one of my first memories, which was randomly waking up as a child and seeing a shooting star outside of my window. As coincidence would have it, my friend and I ended up seeing a good three shooting stars that night.


solidcoordinatesAfter deciding to do stars it took me a bit to figure out how to represent them without using the kind of stars a kid would draw in their textbooks while bored in math class. I looked at impressionists and various other artists and their interpretation of stars. I also looked at diamonds and jewelry and the way it catches light.

influencesThanks so much for checking out my pattern. When I finally figured it all out it was a blast to make. Again, I can’t believe I made it this far. Thank you everyone out there rooting for me.

Also, I feel like I should make an absolutely dreadful joke regarding wishing on stars in relation to the competition. Well too bad, I already wished for a petite lap giraffe.




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Design Challenge Four: Alice Murphy


Feature Print – 10″ x 10″


Supporting print – 10″ x 10″


Feature print – Detail


Supporting print – Detail

alice2-300x300Whoa second last challenge and I’m still hanging around? I’m not entirely sure how that happened but I’ll go with it.

Congratulations must go to Kim for another brilliant floral and taking out the judging and readers choice in round three!

Onto challenge four! At first I was really excited by this challenge because I love to tell personal stories using print, but when it came time to pick a time and place I panicked and couldn’t decide. I’m the kind of person who is easily overwhelmed by choice, if you turned up at my door with a Tardis and told me I could go anywhere in time and place I wouldn’t be able to decide. Setting extra parameters helps me get over the stumbling block so I decided pick the the time and place I’d rather be at this very point in time.


This was a much easier decision. I’d go back to last summer and the most magical day at the beach ever! I’ve been holidaying this beach on the northern new south wales coast with my in-laws every summer for the past eight or so years, always hearing stories about perfect days but never experiencing one myself. It is a wonderful holiday spot even when the water is muddy and the weather is overcast but I didn’t understand why people kept going back year on year until I experienced it myself. Snorkling when the water is clear and seeing all the fish is something else entirely.

I am a rubbish fisherman (excuse me while I get the terminology all wrong) and this is the only place I’ve ever managed to catch an edible fish. Not only one fish but on occasion I’ve caught 5 or so on a single cast using only bread as bait, then we use those fish as bait to catch delicious crabs from the same water! The best thing is that once you catch something all these knowledgable people appear out of nowhere to help you identify and prepare it if it is good for eating.

I don’t think you are really supposed to take shells from beaches in Australia but I can’t help myself. I especially love sifting through all the tiny little shells looking for perfect or unusual specimens. My latest discovery has been shiva eye shells which aren’t technically shells but shell lids that are used by some molluscs to secure their little homes. Of course I had to try to incorporate them into the print.


Thanks once again to Ellen and Madeleine for another great challenge!

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Guest Judge – Amy Butler

Amy ButlerWe are privileged to have Amy Butler help judge this round of competition. Michele Rosenboom, the winner of Repeat and a judge for Repeat(ed), gave use the courage to ask Amy to judge a round and she said YES!

Amy is a wonderful model for our aspiring fabric designers. She is known for spirited colors and her spectacular prints. Since starting her home based, freelance business in 2000, Amy Butler Designs, she has successfully become one of the most influential individuals in the fabric industry. Her fabrics, patterns, handbags, design and project books & home decor products are sold worldwide.

Amy’s success is built on hard work, a passion for great design and a wonderful personality. We encourage all aspiring designers to take some time to research Amy’s career.  We could not be more excited to be able to have such an icon in the industry share her time to help inspire our small group of designers.

Visit to find out more.

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Guest Judge: Carolyn Friedlander

carolyn_friedlander_2012_headshot_web_1000pxWe are at the point where we can safely say, “we knew Carolyn before she was so unbelievably cool.”  Ohh wait, she was probably always cool, but now a lot of people know it!

We were lucky enough to bump into Ms. Carolyn at Quilt Market in 2011.  At the time Carolyn was launching her pattern line and we were, umm hobo grad students.  Now Carolyn has a series of paper piecing patterns, a badass fabric line (that just won Fat Quarterly’s Modern Madness!), and a new set of hand applique patterns called Slow Sewing Studio.  She even teamed up with former REPEAT contender Jessica Pollak to create some illustrations for Slow Sewing Studio!

Carolyn’s been a great friend and a big supporter of the TPB adventure.  We’re so excited to see what she thinks of this round of designs.

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Design Challenge Four

DSCN1048Take a cross section of your life – any time, any place.  Translate that into one feature print and one secondary print.  This means you are creating TWO designs.

Stay tuned for Design Challenge Four…on the blog on Monday June 10th!


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Getting down to the business end – Rebecca Ng

rebeccang-thumbFor starters, well done Kim on another win. You’ve definitely showed us what a talented designer you are!

As for me, I was pleasantly surprised to be selected in the Top 10, let alone to still be in the final four. I think the most valuable thing about this competition has been the feedback and support from the judges. I’ve entered my work in competitions before and am often left wondering ‘why wasn’t my design selected?’ – this competition leaves the guess work out. I have so much more to learn and trying to absorb as much as possible, while I’m still here, but I have a bit more confidence that surface pattern design is something I can do.

So why should I be in the final three? Gosh, I feel like I’m on one of those talent shows stating my case to stay on! Well, I think the challenges and feedback each round have pushed me to explore and design in ways I wouldn’t normally approach a brief. It was a great feeling to get such positive feedback from the last challenge; a design I wouldn’t have even thought about before this competition – so I’m not ready to stop yet. I love these challenges and really keen to see where my next designs take me and hopefully I can show something unique to the mix to get into the final 3!

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Taylour Beadling in the Top Three? Say what?!

Taylour BeadlingWhy do I deserve to be in the top three designers? I can barely believe I made it this far! I suppose I will try and break humility and sell myself with this, in the spirit of self-promotion!

I’ve really enjoyed this competition and have learned a lot. I’d love the opportunity to advance to the final three to keep testing my pattern design skills. I totally admit to be the novice of the group, I wasn’t even considering pattern design until a few months before the competition started!

That being said, while I may not be as experienced, I think I bring some new ideas and fresh thought to the table. I’m new to the pattern design world, so I draw my influence from different, maybe unexpected, areas. Film, Illustration, Music, Fashion, Comics, Video Games. You name it, I can find a way to make it repeat.

My time in college has really shaped the way I approach art and design. I’ve changed majors multiple times and have taken aspect away from them all. I think that this can help me shape new ideas and utilize concepts differently from other people who are more focused on one aspect of design.

Even if I don’t make it to the final three, it’s been an amazing journey and what I’ve learned is absolutely precious to me. The opportunity to work along side several talented individuals from different walks of life has been a great time and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

I just want to end with a little thank you for allowing me entry into this competition in the first place. Good luck to all the other designers!

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Does Alice belong in the final three?

alice2-300x300It is tough to explain why I should be in the top three because all the remaining designers would make a great final. Like many Aussies I love an Australian connection, I also love Kim and Rebecca’s work so it would be wonderful to see them both in the top 3. At the same time I think Taylour’s work is brilliant and his voice would be a welcome addition to the fabric market, so it would be great to see him in the top 3 as well. Of course I want to squeeze myself into that final too! Sadly there won’t be room for all of us.

My attitude to this competition has always been to take each round as it comes, to learn and improve from each experience, and to create patterns that I can be proud to add to my portfolio. It has only been in the last couple of years that I have really started to experiment creatively so I don’t feel that I have nailed down my aesthetic as a surface designer quite yet. The re(peated) experience has given me more clarity and direction with every challenge and I’d love the opportunity to demonstrate just how far I’ve come by competing in the final.

If I do make the top three, I’ll be working very hard to make my final submission my best work yet. I can be sure that the other other contestants will be doing exactly the same so I have my work cut out for me! If I don’t make it? I am blown away to have made it this far in a contest with such great competitors and will leave with a new energy and confidence, ready to tackle the next challenge.

Wishing all the contestants the best of luck both in the competition and beyond.

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Why I belong in the final three by Kim Andersson

KimAndersson1 Us artistic types aren’t usually good at tooting our own horn, we usually lavish adoration on the work of others and stare full of judgment on our own work, seeing every flaw. I’m surrounded by some awesome talent here, and I think that many of the REPEAT(ed) top ten could have been in the final three.

Why do I belong in the final three? I have the talent, I think I’ve proven this repeatedly (excuse the pun) and I’ve been championed along the way by you the REPEAT(ed) readers. Two Challenge wins and thank you, thank you, thank you for 3 out of 3 Readers Choice Wins! The feedback from the amazing judging panel and viewer comments have been invaluable.

I’ve tried some techniques that I haven’t tried before and have found it worthwhile to put all that extra work into a design. The challenges have expanded my experience and stretched my design and repeat skills. I may keep harassing Ellen and Madeleine to keep sending challenges to me even after this years competition is finished!

I’ve found that it has been very helpful being a quilter and sewer in this competition. Designing for quilting fabrics takes extra thought to how the fabric will be used. You don’t have any definitive answers to what will be made with it, you have to allow some scope in the pattern design for this.. will it be cut into hexagons or strips… maybe large triangles… maybe it isn’t being made into a quilt, maybe it’s going to be a bag….

The apple tree, starting to bear fruit.

The apple tree, starting to bear fruit.

When REPEAT(ed) finishes, there will be much work to do before Fall Quilt Market. I love the work that I have created here, and I will be building on that and producing some new collections to show the fabric companies. Like those little blossoms on my apple tree, that are now working away to become lovely apples, I’m working with everything I’ve learned and it’s starting to bear fruit.

I’m off to Surtex tomorrow and hope to learn much there and I will hit the ground running when I return home (after giving the family a big hug first of course).

So cross your fingers for me, and keep sending your comments, I love hearing from you all it really spurs me on.

Thank you again.


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Challenge Three Relfections: Jessica Pollak

Jessica Pollak I’ve really enjoyed following REPEATED to see what challenges the contestants are dealt and thrilled that Ellen and Madeleine asked me to come back as a guest judge.  I really valued the constructive criticism from the judges because honestly its very hard to get that kind of feedback outside of a classroom.

This round was a tough challenge!  Part of me was thinking… What would I have done (my studio overlooks a CVS parking lot.. haha).  So, I was very impressed with the designers abilities to interpret what they saw from their windows into beautiful and innovative designs.

Congrats to Kim on her win!  Once again she was able to create a very marketable pattern and I could see a lot of quilters being drawn to this fabric.  I thought it was fantastic that so many of the designers chose to push themselves to think more abstractly. Rebecca’s pattern really showed off her color sense and skills as a graphic designer.  Taylour’s pattern was also really exciting to me because it represents a completely new point of view that’s currently not being represented at Quilt Market.  I loved seeing some of the designers experiment with traditional materials and digital.  Alice’s design was very successful in mixing the two and had such a great paper texture.  Also, the art directors I talked to at Quilt Market seemed very interested in the textured prints in my portfolio.

The final four contestants have such different strengths as designers;  I expect that will make the next rounds especially difficult to judge.  Best of luck to all the designers, hang in there you guys!  I’m looking forward to the seeing photos from the Spring Quilt Market and reading Michele’s post on Surtex.

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Challenge Three Reflections: Timna Tarr

Timna Portrait(1)What a great round of designs. Congratulations to Kim! Overall, I feel as if they designers are creating sellable, usable designs. I know I would like to have a few of these in my stash!

As I looked at each of the designs in this round I could see how all of us as designers, intentionally or not, reference the history of design in our work. It was a reminder to me that we do not work in a vacuum. Our designs are a product of the information our eyes and brains have gathered throughout our lifetimes. The key is to take that information, filter it, and create something new.

I just reorganized my fabric stash (ugh), so I was able to find a few vintage fabrics that remind me of what the designers came up with this round.

Kim’s “Spring Dot” is fresh and modern, yet it references 1930s and 1940s florals.  My vintage floral has a similar repeat and spacing as Kim’s design. But Kim was able to take a “traditional” textile design and made it a contemporary work by pixilating her flowers and using bright, clear colors.


Taylour’s modernized a fleur-de-lis by referencing the digital world we live in. This piece from my collection (which also reminds me of Taylour’s design from the tool challenge), is a c.1930s feedsack. The feedsack has simple, small repeating fleur-de-lis and colors from the depression era, while Taylour was able to take his fleur-de-lis modern by enlarging it and taking out all of the curved lines.

Feedsack Fleur-de-lis

 In Alice’s “Sweet Sunset”, I can see references to 1950s and 1960s prints, as well as the work of Eric Carle, which Alice talked about as being an inspiration. My vintage fabric manufactured by Prints of the Seven Seas and titled “Good Luck” used a similar motif to Alice’s design – seemingly randomly placed leaves/flowers on a dark background.

Good luck

Designing is not just about looking forward, it’s also about looking behind you to see what has come before. It is hard to know if your design is fresh and modern, if you do not know what has already been done. At the same time, some of the “old” designs are classics for a reason. Take them, use them as inspiration, alter them – and you might come up with something completely new and different.

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Challenge Three Reflections: Michele Rosenboom

Hello Printed Bolt readers!  We’re already half way through the REPEAT(ed) competition – can you believe it?    It’s already getting more difficult to judge and I’m sure it won’t get any easier as we continue in this competition.

Some of my favorite designs this round were by Kim, Taylour, and Rebecca.  They took what they saw outside their window and made something new and interesting out of it.  Kim’s half-tone inspired design really wow-ed me…It reminds me a little of the work of Evelin Kasikov  (cool, right?)  Congrats and a well-deserved win for Kim this round!  Taylour’s design defied a single description…it was futuristic, medieval, and digital all at the same time.  Rebecca’s was utterly delightful, as well.  She was the one designer who utilized metaphor in her design and she had a really wonderful outcome.  I think the thing that edged Kim into the lead this round was her color work.  When a single print is the focus of a challenge, it needs to be a statement-piece.  It should be complex in both color and design…in short, it should make people fall in LOVE with it.

Of course, Alice, Nicky, and Jessica had wonderful work, as well.  However, for me, I felt some of these designs looked like something I may have seen before.  That’s the difficulty with surface design.  So much of it’s already been done – florals, stripes, plaids, ogee, etc.  How are you going to put your spin on what’s been done before to make it feel current and on-trend, or like “you”?  What’s something that’s never been done like that before?  Sometimes I need a reminder of what all the possibilities are, so to get myself unstuck, one of my favorite go-to books is Textile Designs by Susan Meller.  It’s a great reference book to have in your design library!

Textile Design by Susan Meller

Good luck designers, with your next challenge.  As for me, I’m preparing to head to Surtex this weekend, and I’m a little giddy about it!  I’m not exhibiting, but I’m hoping to get an idea whether or not it’s something I want to try next year.  I’ll spend a day at the show and get in some much over-due time with two awesome friends from design school.  I can’t wait and I hope to share some of what I learned there with you next time!!

My surface design portfolio

My surface design portfolio

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Challenge Three Reflections – Ellen and Madeleine

From Madeleine…

This round I saw a lot of the designers incorporating the advice and feedback from the judges in their designs and these were my favorite round of designs so far. I really loved Rebecca’s print, especially since it took her out of her comfort zone. The biggest feedback we got from REPEAT was how much the judges feedback meant to the designers but it isn’t always easy to hear feedback and sometimes we hear feedback but it isn’t easy to implement so we love to see when it directly shows up in the designs.  The full impact that the feedback provided through our lovely REPEAT(ed) judges will have on our designers will shape each of them in some way…

From Ellen…

Its hard to believe we are down to just four designers.  The nature of a competition lends itself to contestants being eliminated, however that always seems to creep up on me as a surprise each round.  The four remaining designers have hit their stride.  They are each creating inspired designs that are making the judging increasingly difficult.  As Madeleine mentioned, the designers are taking the judge’s advice and really stretching their use of different techniques and approaches to the design process.  I love to see the designers using REPEAT(ed) as a learning experience!  I can imagine most of the prints at the top of my fabric pile, about to be incorporated into my next project…

A big congratulations to the final four designers, can’t wait to see what you all come up with next:)

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